When I’m on the phone with my bank and I get the message asking me to take a short survey at the end of the call I almost never say yes. We are all so busy; finding the time to do anything other than what we have already on our plate is a challenge. Soon, many of you will be receiving emails from the ACR asking you to complete a survey. I’ll be perfectly honest: it’s neither short, nor particularly easy. What it is, however, is vitally important.
These surveys are fundamental building blocks in the process for assigning value to the services we provide as radiologists. Imaging services are scrutinized by the AMA’s Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) and recommendations for how they should be valued are submitted to CMS for final approval. These values (measured in Relative Value Units (RVUs) are used to determine payments in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. These same RVUs are also used by many commercial insurance payers. Your team at the RUC, led by Dr. Zeke Silva, uses your survey data to develop their presentation to the RUC. Without your input they cannot make an effective case for appropriately valuing the work we all do.
The survey template is set by the RUC. While rather arcane, it is the same for everyone. Your patience is appreciated.
If you have questions about the process you can contact Stephanie Le at firstname.lastname@example.org, but please don’t delete that email. The ACR cannot advocate effectively without your response.
Author – Economics Committee on Reimbursement Member, Kurt Schoppe, M.D.